Monday, September 16, 2013
The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended an attorney convicted of crimes in MIssouri federal court.
This notice from the the United States Attorneys Office describes the charges:
ANTHONY ROBINSON, a/k/a “Blade,” formerly of, Chicago, was sentenced today to two terms of imprisonment of life without the possibility of parole by Chief United States District Judge Catherine D. Perry in St. Louis. Robinson was one of seven defendants convicted by a jury in December 2012 of Racketeering Conspiracy and other crimes. Also sentenced today was Jerry L. Peteet, a/k/a “Angel,” once a well-known criminal defense attorney in Gary, Indiana. Peteet was sentenced to a term of 276 months in prison. Robinson, Peteet and 22 other defendants were indicted as part of a vast federal investigation into the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Club, a nationwide organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Wheels of Soul claim to be the largest mixed-race “outlaw” motorcycle club in the United States, with more than 400 members and chapters in at least 25 states nationwide.
The investigation into the Wheels of Soul began in St. Louis in 2009 and was undertaken by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, St. Louis Field Division. In August 2009, St. Louis chapter President Dominic Henley, a/k/a “Bishop” and Timothy Balle, a/k/a “T” committed an armed robbery in which they stole the motorcycle club “colors” of two local St. Louis residents. Days later, Henley and Balle were involved in an altercation at the clubhouse of another local St. Louis motorcycle club, during which they shot and killed a member of the Sin City Titans. Henley and Balle were sentenced last week to 204 and 96 months in prison, respectively. When sentencing Dominic Henley, the judge told him that he was responsible for the Sin City Titan member's death.
The St. Louis chapter of the Wheels of Soul was part of the Mid-West Region of the organization, which included chapters in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. At one time, the Wheels of Soul maintained two chapters in the Chicago area - the Westside Chapter located at 16th and Keeler, and the Southside Chapter located in the 7400 block of Racine. Given the scale of the investigation, the FBI St. Louis contacted law enforcement partners in Chicago, and learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Chicago Police Department had also begun an investigation of the Wheels of Soul. The CPD and ATF immediately agreed to join their investigation with the parallel one in St. Louis.